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SIOP Members in the News

Clif Boutelle
SIOP Media Consultant

Beverly Dugan

Over the past year, this column has reported on news articles in which SIOP members expertise is cited. Such information provides some indication of the extent to which SIOP members are sought out by the media. Contributing to news articles and reports is one way we can provide more visibility for our profession and what we do.

Some recent members who have contributed to recent media stories include the following:

The December 2 Toledo Blade featured a major piece on I-O psychology and SIOP entitled Helping Americas Workplace Cope. Written by Gary Pakulski, the article describes the SIOP operation and how its members contribute to understanding the workplace. Lee Hakel, director of SIOPs Administrative Office in Bowling Green, Ohio, was quoted extensively. The article also carried comments by Milt Hakel, professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University, as well as SIOP President-Elect Ann Marie Ryan of Michigan State University and Bill Macey, current SIOP president and CEO of Personnel Research Associates in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Jennifer George, the Mary Gibbs Jones professor of Management at Rice University, was featured in a column on job satisfaction written by Gannett News Services Anita Bruzzese that appeared in the December 24 Lansing State Journal. George noted that job satisfaction can be contagious through coworkers who are helpful and supportive and through a management style that promotes a culture that tells workers their creative ideas are important and recognizes achievements.

Christina Williams, a managing director for RHR International, contributed to a Managing Your Career column in the January 8 Wall Street Journal. The column, by Joann S. Lublin, focused on how employees can handle constantly changing supervisors. Williams provided tips on things workers can do to smooth the change process.

Comments by Brian Stern, vice president for consultingAmericas at Saville & Holdsworth Ltd. in Cleveland, Ohio, were included in a USA Today story (January 15) about the current trend of workers negotiating severance packages when they are hired. Because of the unstable job market, due to downsizing and corporate bankruptcies, workers no longer assume they are going to work for a company for a long period, Stern said, adding that workers are saying they are assuming risk when they take another job and they want some assurances they wont suffer serious financial blows if they suddenly find themselves without a job.

An article in E-Cruiting Magazine on testing quoted Richard Jeanneret of Jeanneret & Associates in Houston and R. Wendell Williams of Scientific Selection.com of Acworth, GA. Testing is probably the best strategy for predicting job success, they say. Williams noted that hiring isnt the only place where testing is a good selection technique. It can also be used in promotions, transfers, career planning, mergers and reorganizations, adds Williams.

Mitchell Marks, a San Francisco-based I-O psychologist and consultant, is frequently called upon by the media to comment on workplace issues. He was the featured subject in a September 25 column by Nancy Redwine in the Santa Cruz (California) Sentinel and was quoted extensively about how people were likely to be affected on the job by the events of September 11. For a story on ABC News.com he offered comments on the phenomenon of employees who survive downsizing suffering a variety of health problems. He suggested workers make use of Employee Assistance Programs. Control your emotions before they control you, he advised.

For a story in the January 1 (2002) issue of CIO Magazine about how chief information officers can get the credit they and their staffs deserve, Marks provided several tips. The article noted that often other executives in the organization are far removed from IT and do not know what is going on and they dont know when a success has been achieved. Marks said that technology, in general, attracts more of an introverted type of person. However, there are steps they can, and should take, to bring some recognition, in a discreet way, to the IT team and its efforts.

Steven G. Rogelberg, associate professor of I-O psychology and director of The Institute of Psychological Research and Application at Bowling Green State University, was quoted in an article in the January 30 issue of the Detroit Free Press. The article by Hugh McDiarmid Jr., describes stress among employees in animal shelters whose duties include euthanizing unwanted animals. Rogelbergs survey research on this topic has shown that employees involved in euthanasia report headaches, irregular eating habits, trouble sleeping, workfamily conflicts, and difficulty enjoying daily activities.

Research by Wayne Cascio, a professor of management at the University of Colorado at Denver, was cited in a February 4 Fortune magazine article about downsizing. Cascio, who has been studying industry layoffs for the past 18 years, noted that while downsizing can boost stock prices initially, it doesnt lead to greater profits primarily because remaining workers often have to cope with survivor syndrome (the anger, fear, anxiety, and frustration that can follow mass layoffs).

David Arnold, vice president of development and professional compliance at Reid London House in Chicago, was quoted in the February 2002 issue of HR News. In the article entitled Tight-Knit Reference Checks Rise, he discussed the use of personality tests for screening job applicants. Arnold, who is also an attorney, noted that the legal issues surrounding testing are generally the same as those issues raised by interviews, background checks and other human resources tools.

The January 27 issue of the Lansing State Journal carried a story about workplace crime and falsified or stolen identities. It featured Judith Collins, an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, who is widely sought after by businesses and law enforcement units to assist them in tracking down white collar criminals. She said that identity theft costs taxpayers billions of dollars and the potential for greater crimes is increasing. Were only seeing the tip of the iceberg, she said.

Pete Meyer, president of MDA Consultants in San Bruno, CA, served as a featured resource for an article about executive searches in the January issue of Human Resource Executive. He warned that resums may contain cleverly worded, but misleading, descriptions of a candidates qualifications and background.

As Ann Marie Ryan noted in the Toledo Blade article described at the beginning of this column, increasing the visibility of I-O psychology will continue to be a SIOP goal. This column serves that goal by documenting examples of SIOPs exposure to an audience outside our profession. The completeness of our documentation depends in part on the SIOP Membership. We rely on you to let us know when you or a SIOP colleague is in the news. If you are quoted or see that a colleague is, please take a moment to forward that information to the SIOP Administrative Office. You can send copies of articles to 520 Ordway Avenue, P.O. Box 87, Bowling Green OH 43402, or tell us about them by e-mailing Lhakel@siop.bgsu.edu or fax to (419) 352-2645. 


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